Reneé Lawter grew up in Scranton, PA with sticky east coast summers and the cold snowy winters where she wished she was Jackie Paper in Puff the Magic Dragon up until she was 5 years old. Her mom read story books to her, her sister Lora, & brother Wally before bed time turning her on to such stories as The Pirates Tale by Janet Aitchison and Jill McDonald & Babar Visits Another Planet by Laurent de Brunhoff. These moments in story telling fed the imagination that is now creating characters that have been called "whimsically dark" by art ltd. magazine.
She studied Fine Art at Keystone College, a private art school in Pennsylvania, where she was trained in bronze casting, photography, arc welding, pottery, oil painting and more. Reneé headed to NYC getting her Bachelors degree in the TOY Design program at F.I.T., graduating with honors. She began her career at Tyco Toys, just outside of Philadelphia & in 1996, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to continue her career at Mattel Toys in licensed properties for both plush & hardline product categories for Disney, Pixar, Dr. Seuss, among others.
In 1999, she co-founded EYERUS, a Visual Communications Studio, with two best friends from college, Matthew Brady & James Valinski. Currently she splits her time running EYERUS by day & painting by moonbeams in her studio.
Reneé has been creating incredible creatures for over 20 years. She currently lives in Los Angeles & has a Boston Terrier named Zero. Her Art is frequently shown throughout southern California and internationally -- in Berlin, Australia & Amsterdam. Reneé's work is sought after by famous Hollywood types such as film composer, Danny Elfman & Bobby Lee of MAD TV.
Galleries Shown @
POP Gallery in Sante Fe, NM
Hive Gallery & Studios in Los Angeles, CA
The Cave Gallery in Venice Beach, CA
1988 Gallery In Los Angeles, CA
Black Market Gallery In Culver CIty, CA
Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany